Sonequa Martin-Green has become the first Black woman to ever lead a Star Trek cast.
The show has always been considered fairly diverse but the upcoming decision to have a Black female lead has been criticized by some die-hard Trekkies. But Martin-Green is not allowing the haters to dim her light.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she had this to say:
“Well, I would encourage them to key into the essence and spirit of Star Trek that has made it the legacy it is — and that’s looking across the way to the person sitting in front of you and realizing you are the same, that they are not separate from you, and we are all one… That’s something Star Trek has always upheld and I completely believe that is why it’s been a mainstay in society in the hearts of so many people for so many decades. I would encourage them to look past their opinions and social conditioning and key into what we’re doing here — which is telling a story about humanity that will hopefully bring us all together.”
Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS. Peep the trailer below.